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Towards the end of 2017 the Irish Grassland Association completed a short member survey asking what events they would most like to see for the coming year, following the feedback received it was decided to run an event focused on grazing infrastructure.
Ronan Delany gives his views on the IGA sheep conference and farm walk.
The Irish Grassland Association held its annual sheep conference and farm walk in Mullingar on the 11th May 2017. The day started with a highly informative conference in the Bloomfield Hotel, Mullingar. Delegates arrived on time in glorious sunshine and the day’s events improved from there.
As part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Year of Sustainable Grassland initiative, the Irish Grassland Association are organising a free admission Reseeding Demonstration event for members on Wednesday 17th May. The aim of this event will be to promote the benefits of reseeding and best practice procedures that farmers can follow to achieve better yields from their grassland. The Irish Seed Trade Association are kindly sponsoring the event and it will be held on the farm of Donald and Lucy Bateman, Ballylooby, Cahir, Co Tipperary.
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The Irish grassland Association Sheep Conference and Farm Walk kindly sponsored by Mullinahone Co-Op and MSD Animal Health takes place on the 11th May at 9.30 a.m. in the Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar. The conference will take place in the morning followed by a farm walk on the farm of John Bell Castletowngeoghan, Co. Westmeath.
Over 100 farmers and industry delegates attended the Irish Grassland Association sheep conference and farm walk, sponsored by G€N€ IR€LAND and Mullinahone Co-op, in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, on Tuesday 26 April.
A focus running through the event was the importance of grassland management and its potential to underpin profitable enterprises. This was evident in all of the presentations at the morning conference and again in the afternoon on the farm of John Pringle which comprises a 50-cow suckler-to-beef herd and a flock of 250 mature ewes and 70 yearling hoggets with their lambs.
This year’s Irish Grassland Association Sheep Conference and Farm Walk heads to Wicklow. The event, taking place on Tuesday 26th April 2016, includes a morning conference in Lawless’ Hotel, Aughrim, Co Wicklow followed by an exciting afternoon farm walk with local farmer John Pringle.
Over 100 farmers attended this year’s Irish Grassland Association (IGA) sheep farm walk on Tuesday 19th of May on the farm of Ned Morrissey, Dunhill, Co Waterford. Ned runs a mid-season lambing flock of 370 ewes on 30.3ha (75 acres) in Dunhill, Waterford. The sheep enterprise is run alongside a significant tillage enterprise and focuses on finding the best balance between maximising output and reducing labour input. The farming system has witnessed significant changes in recent years with a switch to wintering ewes on grazing beet in-situ and outdoor lambing greatly cutting workload and costs. Grassland management is also excellent and combined with fodder beet provides the foundation to push stocking rate to the limit at 13 ewes/ha (5.26 ewes/acre).